Aldrech after Hotshots take 3-2 lead: Wala pa kami napapatunayan
Paul Lintag on Mar 18, 2018 10:29 PM
Last season, the Hotshots also took a 3-2 lead over Brgy. Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals only to end up losing in seven games.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The Hotshots take a 3-2 lead in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, we've seen this before.
It didn't end well.
Last season, the Hotshots also took a 3-2 lead over Brgy. Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals only to end up losing in seven games.
This season, on their fourth straight semis appearance, the Hotshots are once again up 3-2, this time against NLEX.
It feels awfully familiar and the team is hellbent on advancing to the championship round now.
"Actually yun yung sinabi ni coach kanina sa dugout, same situation as last year [vs. Ginebra]," forward Aldrech Ramos said Sunday after Magnolia's 87-78 win over the Road Warriors at the Ynares Center here.
Ramos fired 12 points in the third period and finished with a total of 15, giving Magnolia a spark on offense in a game that was a defensive struggle right from the start.
"Wala pa kami napapatunayan, hindi pa namin nao-overcome yung nangyari samin last year. Wag kami makampante para makuha namin yung Game 6," he added.
Following a "Grand Slam" last season in terms of semifinal appearances, Magnolia is hungry for a Finals stint.
And after finally reaching this far --- they lost in the Commissioner's Cup, 1-3, and got swept in the Governors' Cup --- the ghost of the 2017 Philippine Cup still haunt the team.
Now is the time to get over it and challenge San Miguel for the title.
"Malaki to, ilang beses na kami nakatungtong sa semis pero hindi naman ito yung ticket para maka-pasok kami sa Finals di ba," Ramos said.
"Kailangan pa rin namin mag-trabaho at hopefully next game, magawa ulit namin, ma-surpass namin yung energy nila at makuha namin," he added.
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